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2001 Mazda Mx-5 review

Best-selling roadster in history… Most raced car in the world… Hairdresser’s car…? Whatever label you use to describe the Mazda MX-5, its impact on the motoring world can’t be denied. For a vehicle to inspire such passion amongst its loyal, diverse and often obsessive fanbase across the globe, there clearly must be something pretty special about the two-seat roadster...

2007 Mazda Mx-5 Coupe review

My midlife crisis has been a lifelong affair. With 25 different cars under my belt in 32 years of driving, I’m about to turn 50 knowing I’ve been faithful to my wife but not a manufacturer. And for those contemplating purchasing the quintessential midlife convertible, read on. My grandfather owned 17 motorbikes in his life and the challenge to beat this number in any form of vehicle was an early goal...

2015 Mazda Mx-5 GT review

I had my ‘quarter life crisis’ towards the end of 2017. I realised that life’s too short to wait until you’re an empty nester to experience the thrill of driving through twisty mountain roads with the roof down, feeling the breeze through your hair (while you still have it). Hence why there is a red convertible sitting in my garage...

2017 Mazda Mx-5 RF review

How much car do you really need? Do you need another SUV? Do you need a 5 door hot hatch? Or do you just need something to drive to work, get the shopping and go out in on the weekend? The ND RF MX5 presents a compelling argument to take over the role of your everyday car, not just a weekend cruiser. It is easy to drive. It is cheap to run...

2009 Mazda 3 SP25 Review

Your first car is the one you remember for life. The sense of freedom, of independence, is somehow more pronounced when buying that first set of wheels. At the age of 17, I was proud to welcome a 2009 Mazda 3 SP25 Luxury into the fleet of vehicles residing at the Hubert residence. My particular car is a silver hatchback, with a snappy 6-speed manual gearbox...

1996 Mazda 323 Astina review

I originally started looking for a second-hand small sedan, but after viewing many different cars online I considered the merits of other body shapes and widened my search parameters. A small wagon would be a useful vehicle, but I reconsidered and decided to go halfway and look for a suitable manual hatchback with at minimum airbags but ideally with ABS...

2016 Mazda 3 SP25 GT Review

The Mazda brand has gone from strength to strength ever since 2003 with the first Mazda 3, and even though Mazda has never truly got rid of its biggest negative - that dreaded NVH and roaring tyre noise - everything else Mazda has done with their small hatchback they have done well...

2019 Mazda CX-5 GT (4x4) Review

Oh yeah ... that’s more like it! Pulling out from a side road onto the highway, I had an opportunity to test the acceleration of the 2019 CX-5 GT Turbo. It was a test drive after all, so you have to find out these things. Judging by the push in the back and the excited reactions of my kids in the back seat, it was clear that the performance on tap was significantly better than our previous car...

2018 Mazda 6 GT (5yr) Review

Gather 'round children, for I have a story to tell. I over-analyse. I research to the nth degree. I angst. But most of all, I observe a tight wallet when it comes to 'me'. All these seemingly logical things are bad traits when I also take the emotional route of lusting after cars I cannot justify buying nor afford and spend obscene amounts of time on CarAdvice, and perhaps more dangerously, websites showing car classifieds...

2010 Mazda 3 MPS Luxury Review

When Mazda first released their Mazda6 MPS in 2005, I almost didn’t notice. It was so uninteresting to me. Fast forward two years to the release of the BK series Mazda 3 MPS and I quickly wrote it off as a "try hard" car, like I did most hot hatches. I was into the local V8s and European luxury cars whilst my closest mates were into the high-performance Japanese coupes – an R33 Skyline GTS-t and S15 Silvia featured...

2010 Mazda 2 Neo review

I feel I should preface this with a confession on my part: mainly that I don’t own, nor have I ever owned, a Mazda 2. Instead, I merely rented one over the course of time that I was on holiday in New Zealand. Though this is the case, I feel that after driving 1400km and spending over 18 hours behind the wheel, I got to know the car pretty well and thought I’d fling in my two cents on it...